Helpful Tips for Better Plant and Flower Photos

Summer is just about upon us, and it brings with it a myriad of blooming flowers and plants that make for wonderful subjects. If you are interested in capturing some of that beauty, check out this excellent video tutorial that will show you some helpful tips and techniques for photographing flowers and plants along with some creative ideas for doing so.

A Review of the New Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Sigma's newest lens, the 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary, is here, and it offers photographers and filmmakers the versatility of a wide angle coupled with a wide maximum aperture, all at an affordable price, making it a great option for a variety of genres and applications. This great video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

Create Stunning Portraits With This Simple Two-Light Setup

Creating an even, flattering light in the studio doesn't have to be difficult. In this tutorial, I will show you three simple parallel lighting hacks to make portraits that everyone from the boardroom to Broadway will love.

Three Excellent Lenses for Landscape Photography

Landscape photography allows for a wide range of lenses to be used to realize your creative vision, meaning photographers have a lot of choices available to them. If you are wondering which is right for your work, check out this fantastic video that features an experienced landscape photographer discussing three excellent options that will cover just about all of your needs without breaking bank.

Olympus XA Retrospective: 35mm Pocket Sized Perfection?

The perfect camera probably doesn’t exist, but there are certainly some that come close. In this retrospective look at the classic Olympus XA, find out why I've come to love this tiny powerhouse from the past.

A Look at the Weird New Laowa 24mm T14 2x PeriProbe Lens

The Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe lens was one of the weirdest and most interesting lenses we have ever seen, and it enabled photographers to get intriguing images that would be near-impossible to get otherwise. The company has doubled down on that uniqueness with the new version, the Laowa 24mm T14 2x PeriProbe, and this awesome video review takes a look at everything you can do with it.

A Review of the New Fujifilm XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR Lens

Along with the X-H2S, Fujifilm has announced the XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens, which offers a ton of reach for sports, wildlife, and bird photographers. How does it hold up in the real word? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you will be able to expect.

A First Look at the New Fujifilm X-2HS Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm's latest camera, the X-H2S, is here, and it brings with it a veritable plethora of improvements and new features. This excellent video review takes a first look at the camera and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (May 2022): Camille Girard

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2022, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

This Simple Trick Leads to Better Landscape Photos

We are used to traveling to the most beautiful places with the aim of getting outstanding photographs. But when we import our images to Lightroom, we have often to accept that our photos are no more than the same old story that was photographed there already by thousands of others before. How can we get photographs that stand out?

How to Make Your Photos Looks Cinematic in Lightroom

Cinema has perhaps the most thoughtful post-processing workflow of any visual medium, and so there is a lot that can be learned from it. In this video, learn how to make your photographs look more cinematic using just Adobe Lightroom.

Should Product Photographers Learn 3D Modeling?

Most of the time, when it comes to photography or video of cars, beauty products, cosmetics, and even shoes, it’s made on a computer and not by a photographer. There are several reasons for this, but in this video, Karl Taylor, a renowned product photographer and educator, discusses photography versus 3D CGI and the advantages of each.

The Best Pocket and Action Cameras for Summer 2022

Pocket cameras and action cameras used to put convenience and ruggedness ahead of image quality, but in the past few years, we have seen remarkable steps forward, and now, you can have your cake and eat it too. If you are looking for one to add to your kit, check out this fantastic video overview that will show you the best pocket, action, and 360 cameras for summer 2022.

Starting a Wedding Photography Business: What You Need to Know

Have you been thinking about becoming a wedding photographer? If you’ve been toying with the idea of starting a wedding photography business, this article will help you figure out if it's the right path for you. Read on to learn a few steps to get started in the right direction.

Are You Improvising in Your Landscape Photography?

When you are a landscape photographer, planning ahead is one of the most crucial things you can do to ensure good chances of success, but it is not the only way to work. Sometimes, finding a new location and exploring it without a preconceived plan can be a wonderful way to make images. This fantastic video follows an experienced landscape photographer as he does just that and shares some insights.

5 Things to Consider to Improve Your Street Photography

Street photography is a challenging genre that takes the combination of instinct, quick reflexes, strong technique, and creative vision. Even if it is not your primary genre, taking it up can improve your work in whatever it is you do shoot. Before you head out again, check out this fantastic video tutorial that discusses five things to consider that will improve your street photography.

The 5-Minute Photography Battle You Need to Try

A little bit of competition can be a healthy thing for photographers and a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Are you ready to try this five-minute photography battle?

The Healing Power of Photography

It can be easy to get caught up in the stresses of being a photographer, whether that is dealing with clients, vitriol on social media, or something else. And because of that, it can be easy to lose sight of your love for photography. When that happens, though, it is important to return to the fundamentals of the pursuit and remind yourself why you picked up a camera in the first place.

Helpful Advice for Better Landscape Photographs

Creating a successful landscape image takes a combination of technique, creative vision, planning, and often, just a smidgen of good fortune. If you would like to improve your landscape work, check out this fantastic video tutorial that features an experienced photographer offering some helpful advice.

One of the Benefits of Prime Lenses

Zoom and prime lenses both have their own purposes and respective pros and cons, although beginners typically default to using zooms, particularly since most kit lenses are of that variety. There are a few properties than should make you consider grabbing a prime lens instead, however, and this excellent video discusses one of the subtler reasons using one can benefit your photography.

Things I Never Go Cheap on as a Professional Photographer

If you’re anything like me, you like to save as much on gear as possible. As expensive as gear is, there are some things I suggest you should not go cheap on. This list consists of stuff that is long-lasting and will not go out of date quickly.

5 Tips to Help You Save Time in Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is an impressively powerful video-editing program, but with all that power comes the need for a lot of effort and investment of time to get the results you want. As such, finding any little spot you can to increase your efficiency can add up to big gains in the long run. This excellent video tutorial will show you five tips that will help you save time when working in Premiere Pro.

A Reminder That You Don't Need the Latest and Greatest Camera to Make Great Photos

Modern cameras are remarkable pieces of technology, able to do things that we could only dream about just a few years ago, and they only continue to get better. And while they are fantastic tools, they are not inherently necessary to create compelling images. This great video serves as a useful reminder that even entry-level tools can create professional photos.

Photography Trends We Should’ve Left Behind in 2015

I love trends. But what I love more is making fun of them. Be it a trend in lighting, or a trend in aperture choice, or a trend in post-processing, here are some that we should've moved on from a long time ago.

Learn How This Eagle Photo Was Shot and Edited From Start to Finish

Bird photography is a challenging genre that requires a lot of patience and skill, but when you get things right, the results can be really rewarding. If you would like to improve your work, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you how a photographer shot and edited an eagle photo from start to finish.

Learn How These Portraits Were Shot and Edited

The beauty of artificial lighting is that you can create fantastically creative and compelling shots that simply would not be possible with only natural light. Using a snoot and gobo is one such possibility, and this excellent video tutorial will show you how one photographer lit, shot, and edited such images using them.

A Review of the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AF Series II Lens

Samyang has long been known for making affordable and sharp manual focus lenses, but recently, they have started producing autofocus lenses as well, but they have still managed to keep prices below those of many first-party options. One such option is the 50mm f/1.4 AF Series II, and this fantastic video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

A Review of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens

Sony's FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II takes what was already an impressive lens and improves on it to make it even better, making it a desirable option for a lot of photographers and filmmakers looking for a fast and versatile telephoto zoom. This excellent video review takes a look at the new version and the sort of image quality and performance you can expect from it in practice.

Is This the Ultimate Landscape Photography Camera?

Fujifilm's GFX line of mirrorless cameras turned the paradigm of medium format on its head by making it far more affordable, so much so that it has become a viable alternative to full frame, particularly for people like portrait, wedding, and landscape photographers. If you are interested in the camera for your work, check out this fantastic video review that discusses one photographer's thoughts on the camera after using it for landscape work for a year.

Heads Up! Possible Meteor Storm on May 30-31

The month of May closes out with a New Moon (moonless sky), to which deep sky astrophotographers always look forward. This month brings a potential bonus of an intense burst of meteors, perfectly timed for North American astrophotographers. In fact, it’s so perfectly timed (for U.S. residents) that it falls on a Monday evening of a U.S. three-day holiday weekend.

Sony Stuffs an Actual Zoom Lens Into a Smartphone

It's no secret about how Apple and other manufacturers get around the optical zoom problem on smartphones. One only needs to look at the back of the phone to see the ever-increasing number of lenses and sensors stuffed into the back shell. Sony, however, has figured out another way.

Canon Is Planning a Remarkable Camera

Ever since the EOS R5 hit the market, Canon has pushed ahead with vigor in the mirrorless market, and it looks like they have no intention of slowing down. In fact, the company seems to be planning a camera that will challenge Sony for the crown of resolution by quite a bit.

Why Do Lenses Flip Images?

Why do all lenses, including the one in the human eye, flip an image upside-down? Or do they? It's far easier to understand than you might think.

A Review of the Impressive Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens

The Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II is the second iteration of the company's fast telephoto zoom, making it an appealing tool for a lot of professional photographers and filmmakers. It brings with it a wide range of improvements over the original, and it looks like quite the impressive lens. This fantastic video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

How to Deal With Difficult Clients as a Wedding Photographer

No matter which genre you work in, you will encounter difficult clients at one time or another, but given the amount of stress and investment that go into weddings, you might find yourself in these situations a bit more often as a wedding photographer. This fantastic video tutorial features an experienced wedding photographer offering some helpful advice for tackling those situations to ensure everyone is happy and you don't find yourself exhausted by the experience.

3 Fantastic Natural Light Setups for Portrait Photos

Natural light can be more versatile than you might think, and with a good understanding of how to shape it and orient your subject within it, you can create a wide variety of compelling photos. This helpful video tutorial will show you three different natural light setups you can use for portraits along with some great tips to get the most out of each of them.

Top Wedding Photography Skills to Learn and Develop

So you’re trying to develop your wedding photography skills? Let’s talk through some of the photography skills you need to learn and develop. My advice is to pick one thing at a time to focus on, perfect that and then move on.

5 Helpful Tips for Better Landscape Photo Compositions

Landscape photography is challenging in that you get no control over the placement of elements in the frame, only your position relative to them, and as such, creating compelling compositions can be particularly tricky. If that is something you find yourself struggling with, check out this fantastic video that features five tips sure to help you improve your landscape image compositions.

How Does the Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Hold Up in 2022?

Fujifilm's GFX line of medium format mirrorless cameras turned the paradigm of large-sensor cameras on its head by making them highly competitive on price, so much so that they became viable alternatives to upper-level full frame options. The first of them was the GFX 50S, and though the line has evolved since, it remains a viable option and might just be one of the best deals in photography right now.

Pro Light Mods Are the Coolest Light Modifiers of the Year

What did you do during the pandemic? With most of the industry at a standstill, sports photographer James Quantz started a new company, Pro Light Mods, and designed a prototype of his "Maxi Brute softbox". Not only are they super awesome, but any photographer can pick one up now!